Bee Eaters hope you’ll join us next Sunday July 9th, for the 17th annual Summer String Summit, at The Avery Theatre in Etna CA.This acoustic lineup isn’t to be found anywhere else in the world..We’re excited for all the collaborations and we hope you’ll join the journey.We rely on your help spreading the word, by forwarding this message on to all your friends who like acoustic music! Thank you, and we look forward to seeing many of you on July 9th,-Tristan Clarridge
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This year’s performers include 5-time GRAMMY Winning Percussionist, Inventor & Composer Roy “Futureman” Wooten (of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), Bass Phenomenon Ethan Jodziewicz, GRAMMY Winning singer/guitarist Keith Little (toured with Dolly Parton, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs), Masterful Irish Fiddler Dale Russ, old-time fiddle champion Luke Price, Old-soul pop vocalist Rachael Price, Chambergrass innovators The Bee Eaters (featuring hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman), and special surprise guests!
“Tashina and I were privileged to grow up in an unusual way, which prepared us for the way this event unfolds. We were very connected as a family, and music was at the heart of it all. With the freedom of no-school self directed education, we’d sometimes drive 2500 miles to go meet some musicians and get a lesson and go to a fiddle camp, then we’d backpack into the woods for weeks at a time and practice fiddles where we lived on the side of a mountain. It was a really simple and beautiful way to grow up, and we want to offer to others something of what we’ve experienced”. This is a gathering of some of the musical friends we’ve made as we travel through life…
GET TO KNOW THE PERFORMERS:
FROM DRUMS TO SYMPHONIC WORKS –Roy “Futureman” Wooten is a modern day renaissance man, a groundbreaking drummer, an inventor, composer, and a five-time GRAMMY Award winning member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Audiences first became curious when he appeared in 1988 playing a “Drumitar” – his own invention, using a unique hand drumming technique which allows him to play the drum set electronically with his hands and fingers instead of drum sticks…
Futureman’s rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and symphonic explorations led him to compose a new kind of music and a series of large musical works. Young Roy Wooten remembers “I used to keep a quote in my wallet by Miles Davis that said “the melody would be found again in the rhythm of the drums and the bass”. With this new approach to melody, Futureman created his own original ballet dedicated to the many stages of Matriarchy, entitled “Evolution d’ Amour” along with a prequel Symphonic work dedicated to Le Comte de Saint Germain, “the Secret of Kings”. He composed an ” Aesthetic Mathematics” translation of Pi and the golden ratio into a rhythmic and symphonic musical message and also an 8 movement symphonic work and a screenplay for his passion project “CHEVALIER – To Play & To Fight” … A story celebrating the extraordinary life and times of a mixed-race 18th century composer, conductor, virtuoso violinist and sword fighter who rose from slavery to legendary status.”It’s no accident” Futureman says, “especially now that I have realized my own way to melody, harmony and rhythm, that I now see the drumset as a piano and the piano as a drumset”.�� FuturemanLive.com – Flecktones.com
Born into a musical family in the Sierra foothills, Keith Little was first introduced to stringband music by his father. Throughout a fifty year performing and recording career, he has recorded and toured with Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, The Chieftains and countless others, earning numerous GRAMMY awards for his legendary vocals and masterfully intricate guitar and banjo work. Keith is a renowned songwriter and has been a key member of many national and international touring bands, beginning with the Vern Williams Band, Rose Maddox, High Country, the Country Gentlemen, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Lonesome Standard Time, the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (recording the GRAMMY nominated “Legacy”, and “Old School” records), and his own LittleBand. KeithLittle.com
A musician first and foremost, Ethan Jodziewicz (pronounced “yo-JEH-vits”) fully embodies the notion that anything is possible on the bass. His zeal, musical omnivorousness, and technical ability allow him to thrive in jazz, bluegrass, rock, funk, old-time, symphonic and chamber music. Ethan has spent the last decade contributing his playing to concerts, festivals, television, and radio programs across North America and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS This Morning, Kennedy Center, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Live From Here, A Prairie Home Companion, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, PBS’ Bluegrass Underground, and hundreds of others. He has contributed to over 90 albums and soundtracks, including GRAMMY-nominated recordings Weighted Mind (Sierra Hull), Portraits In Fiddles (Mike Barnett), and Eleanor Rigby (Cody Fry). Ethan has toured with Aoife O’Donovan, Mark O’Connor, Darol Anger, The Milk Carton Kids, Molly Tuttle, Maya de Vitry, Jeremy Kittel, and many others, including appearances with Béla Fleck, Bruce Hornsby, Kacey Musgraves, Cody Fry, Turtle Island Quartet, Punch Brothers, Vasilis Kostas, David Grisman, Hayes Carll, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Nashville Ballet, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, and more.
Luke Price is a Grand Masters and 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion steeped in the Texas fiddling tradition while also at home in blues, funk, bluegrass, and jazz on many instruments. Rachael Price is a powerful vocalist and songwriter. As the duo Love, DEAN, they craft a musical mosaic from vintage soul, Motown, gospel, folk, and neo-soul.
“Dale Russ is one of the greatest fiddlers I know in Irish traditional music.” -Martin Hayes…[he] plays with precision, fluidity and grace…Is one with the music he creates.” -Victory Music Review”..gifted with an expressive touch… Russ’ fiddling is a sweet, expressive voice.” -Fiddler Magazine
6 time Grand National Fiddle Champion siblings Tristan and Tashina Clarridge join hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman to form The Bee Eaters. Steeped their whole lives in musical traditions of Bluegrass, Baroque, Jazz, Irish, and Appalachian mountain music, the trio is known for their uniquely blended tapestry of sound, which The Boston Globe described as “chamber music’s finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass’s playful virtuosity and pop music’s melodic resourcefulness”. At the forefront of a folk-cello revolution, Tristan Clarridge is a member of internationally acclaimed Crooked Still, and has toured with Natalie MacMaster, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and Bruce Molsky. Tashina Clarridge performed at Carnegie Hall with renowned bassist Edgar Meyer, and has toured with Mark O’Connor, Laurie Lewis, Tony Trischka and others. Hammer dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman brings a whole new approach to an instrument previously thought to have limited range and technique. His inventive touch and highly sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities are redefining his instrument, and earning the attention of musicians from all over the world.www.BeeEaters.com“
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